Israel Update

April 2, 2012

“I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.” Ps 3:6

LAND DAY TURNS VIOLENT: Anti-Israel organizers and leaders of Land Day events and the Global March to Jerusalem promised that March 30 demonstrations would be non-violent. Israel was prepared, however, for the true face of hatred to rear its ugly head as the day progressed. Land Day turned brutal Friday when Arabs began hurling Molotov cocktails and stones at soldiers near the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The riots began after Friday afternoon Muslim prayers when dozens of masked Arab youths began rioting at the checkpoint. Soldiers responded with tear gas and deployed the "Skunk" – a vehicle loaded with canons spraying a noxious-smelling liquid. Several protesters were slightly injured in the clashes and taken to the hospital. Hundreds of Arabs also gathered near the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem in an attempt to stage an illegal march, but were stopped by police. Numerous arrests were reported. Meanwhile, Jordanian news sites disclosed some 20,000 people had gathered to take part in the massive march towards the Israeli border. Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported 120 Hamas-provided buses for transporting protesters to the Israeli border to participate in the “Global March on Jerusalem.” Friday’s violence was widely expected as rallies took place throughout Israel. Security officials, deployed thousands of additional troops and police officers on Thursday in anticipation of trouble. (INN) The Vision for Israel team conveys appreciation to those who responded to our special prayer alert sent Thursday. Prayer and intercession have likely prevented deaths and injuries on a wide scale that might have resulted from such a hate propelled operation.

ONE PA ARAB DEAD IN LAND DAY RIOTS: In a late Friday press release, Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported that protester, Mahmoud Zaqout, was killed by Israeli fire when he tried to breach the security zone near the Erez Crossing. An Israeli army spokesman said that one PA Arab man approached the Erez crossing before soldiers opened fire. The spokesman added that forces acted within the rules of engagement, firing warning shots and then directly targeting him when he refused to stop. Earlier Friday, Arabs began hurling firebombs and stones at soldiers near the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. (Arutz-7)

LAND DAY RALLIES IN COUNTRIES BORDERING ISRAEL: In Jordan a large rally took place, Friday, drawing 14,000 people – including protesters who arrived from Asia to take part in the Pro-Palestinian event. Concurrently, an estimated 5,000 people held an anti-Israel rally in southern Lebanon. Some arrived at the demonstration from Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps, while others travelled from as far as India. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hussein Amir Abed Lahyan, toured southern Lebanon near the border with Israel, and promised the Islamic Republic will continue to support the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance "until the entire land is liberated." A Hezbollah delegation attended the reception held for the Iranian official. In Syria, hundreds of protesters rallied in Damascus in show of solidarity for the Palestinians, while the Palestinian community in Egypt staged a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Meanwhile, in a related and shocking development further afield, far-left candidate, George Galloway, won a landslide win in the by-election for the Bradford West parliamentary seat in the UK on Thursday night. He celebrated his victory, tweeting to supporters, "…Long live Palestine….” (Ynet/Ha’aretz)

BOLTON ACCUSES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OF LEAKING STORY OF ISRAEL’S PLANNING ALONG IRAN BORDER: In a report last week, Foreign Policy cited senior US government leaders who revealed Israel had secured the use of airbases in Azerbaijan, a nation that borders Iran to the north. "The Israelis have bought an airfield, and the airfield is called Azerbaijan," said one US official. Former US diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday the Obama administration purposely leaked the story - about what was likely undercover Israeli activity - in order to foil potential plans by the Jewish state to attack Iran's nuclear program. He said that tipping the Israelis' hand by revealing "very sensitive, very important information" could frustrate such a venture. "It's just unprecedented to reveal this kind of information about one of your own allies," said Bolton. Last month, Azerbaijan quietly signed a deal to buy $1.6 billion worth of Israeli arms largely comprised of anti-aircraft and missile defense systems equipment. The country has allegedly denied reports it provided Israel with an airfield near the border with the Islamic Republic. Azerbaijan could be expected to avoid stirring up a hornet’s nest with Iran and other Islamic regimes by curtailing such disclosures. (Fox News) Approximately 99.2% of the population of Azerbaijan is Muslim. The country is known to be among the most progressive Islamic societies. Its support for secularism and tolerance is the highest among Muslim nations. Intercede for Azerbaijan to become Israel’s increasingly staunch ally - and to be protected from fear and bullying tactics from Iran. Pray for the people of Azerbaijan to have open hearts and access to the Good News of Yeshua. Pray also that military activity deemed necessary by the Jewish state for its own security will not be disclosed by US politicians.

69% OF ISRAELIS SUPPORT US-ISRAELI ATTACK ON IRAN: Sixty-nine percent of Israelis support a joint US-Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear installations, according to a poll conducted for the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. Forty-two percent of Israelis support a strike if Israel has to act alone. The poll found 73% of Israelis and 85% of Palestinian Authority Arabs believe a regional war will break out if Israel attacks Iran. The survey indicates an increased support for an Iran strike over a recent poll conducted by The Brookings Institute and the Dahaf polling firm. (INN)

BANK OF ISRAEL EXPOSES TWO ROOTS OF POVERTY IN ISRAEL: The Bank of Israel report released last week offers suggestions as to why poverty in Israel runs so high: One main cause, according to the update, stems from two poor communities that hardly take part in the workforce and have large families. Sixty percent of ultra-Orthodox men don't work, three times the rate of 30 years ago. Among the Arabs, 27% of the men and 70% of the women don't work. This adds greatly to the soaring percentage of Israeli families below the poverty line. Concerned sources say changes can be made to alleviate the high level of hardship in these two social groups. They suggest Haredim can be required to teach their children mathematics, English and history so that one day they may join the labor force. Additionally, Israel can foster employment opportunities in Arab towns to enable Arab women to work close to home. It can invest in day care centers, proper public transportation and subsidies for commuting to work. Last summer's social-protest movement stemmed, in part, from sharp rises in housing and food prices. The report suggests food problems can be solved reducing the outrageous taxes (190%) on imported beef, poultry, fish, dairy and dozens of other food products. The update rendered more detailed methods of reducing housing costs and shortages. (Ha’aretz) Pray that poverty cycles among ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities will be broken - that new opportunities for education and work will be provided for, and welcomed by, those in need.

COST-OF-LIVING PROTESTS IN ISRAEL TO RESUME: As surveys continue to reveal last summer's cost-of-living protests barely dented consumer prices, activists are planning to resume demonstrations. In a poll by the College of Academic Management Studies, half the respondents said 2011 protests achieved nothing. A full 45% of respondents suspected that companies were raising prices again after a brief hiatus of discounts. And 78% feel protests against the high cost of living should continue. Some 29% declared they would take part in the next demonstrations. Specific dates for protests are planned starting May 12. (Ha’aretz)

FURTHER THREATS OF TERROR IN JEWISH SCHOOLS IN FRANCE: Less than two weeks after a Muslim gunman brutally murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse, Jewish schools across France, including the one where the attack occurred, are receiving threatening emails and phone calls. Staff at the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse where terrorist Mohammed Merah mercilessly killed Yonatan Sandler, his two young sons, and the 8-year-old daughter of the school's headmaster said they have been flooded with emails and phone calls threatening the lives of more students. These threats have been sent also to numerous other Jewish schools in France. (Israel Today) “Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men. Protect me from men of violence.” Ps 140:1

Blessings from Israel 

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff 


As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph StorehouseŽ", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is


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